Seaford College is marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 with a production of Joan Littlewood’s acclaimed musical ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’. The College’s Drama and Music departments, led by ex-West End musical director, Stephen Buckman, have been fortunate to acquire the rights to perform this important show in such a significant anniversary year. A professional production team, led by Jamie Kluckers, has borrowed props from Chichester Festival Theatre to design a set that will capture the atmosphere of the original production. The production team have been thrilled to be able to re-assemble many of the original visual images that were used to enhance the audience’s engagement with the action on stage. The cast of young performers have risen to the challenge of performing in a style which requires each performer to take on a variety of roles and journey with the audience on a roller coaster of emotions.
The production is going to be staged at Seaford College on Thursday, 20th March, Friday, 21st March and Saturday, 22nd March. For the first time the College is offering pre-theatre meals, enabling members of the audience to relax over a meal before seeing the show. The meals are available for the Thursday and Friday night performances. Tickets for the show will cost £5, or £10 including a two-course meal and wine. The College has a dedicated e-mail address for enquiries and bookings – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Buckman said: “It has been a great privilege to work with this very dedicated and committed young cast. Their eagerness to understand the truth behind each scene has given them a profound understanding of what the people of Europe had to endure one hundred years ago.”
Georgia Barden, Deputy Head Girl and cast member, said: “I have always had a keen interest in history – doing this play has given me a deeper understanding of the reality of everyday life during the First World War. All the cast have been amazing to work with; it’s been great to make new friends and share in the excitement of bringing history to life on the stage.”